Broadening the Geography of Knowledge: Taking our Research Findings to Japan, 30 May 2017

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Dr Irina Kuznetsova, Birmingham Fellow of the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham and the principal investigator of this project gave a special Lecture at the Russian Institute at Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan) on “Refugees and displaced people in Ukraine and Russia: identities, policies and discourse in the context of forced migration from the Ukraine conflict”.

Dr Kuznetsova presented her research paper that is based on projects conducted in Russia and Ukraine and included interviews and discourse analyses. The inter-sectional approach was used to identify the structural position of IDPs and refugees, and the discourses, practices and narratives that surround them, which also enabled the research to address the politics of belonging and citizenship. To address the experiences, identities and social status of IDPs, we employ a necropolitical approach.

Project also explores displaced persons’ attitudes towards Ukraine and quasi states, employing the concept of internal legitimacy to explore the disaggregation of state, regime and institutional legitimacy.

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